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Content

Overview

The Content of a Course is made up of the folders, files, text, images, media, links, assessments, and interactive tools assembled and organized by Instructors, Instructional Staff, and Course Builders. Content is added, deleted, edited and organized using the Course Menu and Control Panel.

Adding Files (Syllabus, ppt slides, etc.)
Adaptive Release
Assignments
Content Areas
Copy,  Move, or Save Content
Copyright
Course Files
Digital Media (E-Reserves, Audio, Film, Images)
Google Integration  Quick Hit Video New Spring 2014
Kaltura Media
Learning Modules
Lesson Plans
lynda.com  
Mashups 
MathJax
Review Status
Surveys and Tests
Twitter Feed
Video Everywhere  Quick Hit Video
Zip Files  

Course Menu


Adding/Editing Files

Complete Content Creation Instructions
(Note: The instructions at Blackboard.com may include some content features Princeton does not make available, and may be missing some that Princeton has added.)

Adding Content Quick Start Image (click here for simple, visualized instructions)

Uploading a Syllabus or Other Files (Quick video)

How do I upload my syllabus, PowerPoint lectures, or any non-media type file to Blackboard?

  1. Open a Content Area (such as Syllabus) by clicking on it in the course menu.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click Build Content, then from the Create column, select File.
  4. Click Browse My Computer next to Find File. Select the file. (If you have preloaded your files to the Course Files area, select Browse Course.)
  5. Type a Name for the file. This is used as the link name for the file and is shown to users. Ensure the title conveys the meaning of the content as no description or instructions can be added to the File content type.
  6. Choose a Color of Name (optional).
  7. For Manage Permissions, select the option for the appropriate permissions for users.
  8. Select Yes or No for Open in New Window. IN THEORY, if No is selected, the content appears in the content frame and users will have access to all Course navigation, such as breadcrumbs or the Course Menu. If Yes is selected, the content appears in a new window or tab and can be viewed alongside other Course content. HOWEVER, results will vary according to the file type and the browser settings of each individual accessing the file.
  9. Fill in the Content Options.
    • Click Yes or No to Permit Users to View the Content Item.
    • Click Yes or No to Track Number of Views.
    • Select the Date and Time Restrictions.
  10. Click Submit.

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How do I edit content I've already added?

Editing Existing Content Quick Start Image (click here for simple, visualized instructions)

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I want to remove the syllabus (or other any other file) I added and replace it with a different one. What do I do?

METHOD 1

If you have uploaded a file to your course site, such as a syllabus, that you later edit on your computer and want to replace in Blackboard without having to rename it and possibly cause confusion, follow these steps.

Replacing a File (Quick video)

  1. Under Control Panel click Files then click on the course ID that appears below it. You should see the file you want to replace listed.
  2. Click the Upload button at the top and select Upload Files.
  3. Either drag-and-drop or Browse to the file on your computer and Submit.
  4. A pop-up will warn you that the file already exists and ask if you want to overwrite it. Select Yes.
  5. Now the link to the file that the students see will point to this replacement file.

METHOD 2

This is a "start from scratch" method.

  1. Open a Content Area (such as Syllabus) by clicking on it in the course menu.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click the arrow beside the name of the file or Item.
  4. Repeat instructions (above) for adding files.

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Adaptive Release

Complete Instructions for Using Adaptive Release

How can I restrict access to course materials to students who meet specific criteria?

Through Adaptive Release, you have much more control over who see what and under what circumstances they can see it.

Course content does not always apply to all users in the course. Using Adaptive Release, Instructors can display content to certain users for a limited period of time, or only after users meet (or fail to meet) predetermined requirements. Some content might be applicable to all users in the course, while other content should be audience-specific.

This feature provides the ability for an instructor to create custom scripted lessons that may include any course content and/or activities. Content items, discussions, assessments, assignments, or other material  can be released to students based on a set of criteria such as date/time, specific individuals, group membership, grade on a particular test or assignment, or Review Status.

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Assignments

Student Guide to Assignments (a pdf quick guide)

What are Blackboard Assignments?

The features of the Blackboard Learn Assignment tool allow groups of students to work on and submit assignments together, as well as individually. This provides instructors with the ability to assign a single grade to all of the students in the group without losing the ability to override an individual's grade if necessary. This tool facilitates an interactive learning process by providing faculty with the ability to permit multiple attempts of the same assignment. This allows students to edit, add to, and improve their original effort and allows instructors to provide a grade and feedback for each submission.

  1. Instructors can deploy Assignments to all students individually or to groups of students. If an Instructor selects to deploy Assignments to groups of students, the Instructor will be able to choose which groups receive the Assignment. One group member will submit the assignment for the whole group. The instructor provides one grade to the submission and all members of the group receive the same grade automatically. Instructors can provide individual members with a separate grade if necessary.

  2. Instructors can allow students to submit multiple attempts for the same assignment. Each of these attempts can be graded and commented on individually. Both students and instructors can track progress throughout the assignment. Instructors can specify how many attempts are allowed or allow an unlimited number of attempts. If the specific number of attempts were completed by a student, the instructor can allow an additional attempt if required.

  3. Students can attach a file and include additional information and hyperlinks in their assignment attempt using a Submission field instead of simply attaching a file.

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Where does this feature appear?
Assignments can be added to any content page within courses and organizations.

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How do I create an Assignment?

Follow the steps below to add an Assignment to a Content Area:

  1. Open a Content Area, such as Assignments.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click Create Assessment .
  4. Select Assignment.
  5. Complete the Assignment Information, Assignment Files, Grading, Availability, Due Dates,
    and Recipients information.
  6. Click Submit.

Once a student completes and submits an Assignment, the Instructor may access this file in the Grade Center.

Guidelines

  • When creating an assignment, use a short and meaningful name, since this will also appear in the gradebook.
  • Avoid changing the name of the assignment after creating it, since this will not be reflected in the gradebook.
  • Be careful when deleting an assignment: all attachments and feedback will also be deleted from the system
  • When you do delete an assignment, go to the Grade Center and, unless you need to keep the scores, also delete the  Grade Center column, to avoid cluttering up the gradebook.
  • Never copy a folder with an assignment in it: this will cause the assignment to become corrupt and unusable! (Error message: 'Problem loading assignment’).
  • As a precaution, ask students to only use numbers, letter of the alf abet and underscores in their filenames and to keep the filenames short. You may have trouble with attachments that make use of very long filenames, spaces and/or diacritical characters like '%' and 'é'.
  • Explain to your students the difference between the Save as Draft and Submit button. Save as Draft only stores the file for the student to see; Submit sends to file to the instructor.

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How do I retrieve submitted assignments?

When an assignment is created, a column is added automatically to the Grade Center. An assignment that has been submitted, but not graded, is indicated with an exclamation mark—the needs grading icon.

Assignments that need grading can be accessed from the Needs Grading page or from the Grade Center. Instructors have the option to grade assignments anonymously.

Assignments can be retrieved either individually (good for adding comments through the Blackboard interface), or downloaded as a zip file.

To download an individual student's submission:

  1. Go to the Grade Center in the Control Panel and locate the column for the Assignment. The column is created automatically when the Assignment is created.
  2. Students who have submitted their assignment will have a green exclamation point in corresponding the cell. Click the chevon beside the exclamation point and select View Grade Details.
  3. On the subsequent page, click the Open Attempt button (far right). The new page that opens will have a link to the file in section 3, REVIEW CURRENT ATTEMPT

To download all the submissions:

  1. Go to the Grade Center in the Control Panel and locate the column for the Assignment. The column is created automatically when the Assignment is created. 
  2. Click the arrow next to the column heading and select Assignment File Download from the contextual menu.
  3. On the subsequent page, tick the box in the column heading row, which will cause the boxes for all submissions to become checked.  (If there are more students in the course than are displayed on the page, click Show All at the bottom of the page, then tick the box in the column heading row.) If a student has no box by her name, she has not submitted the assignment. 
  4. Click Submit.  The page that opens will have a link to the zip file.

To Access Submitted Assignments from the Needs Grading Page

For Courses with many enrolled Students and gradable items, the Needs Grading page can help you determine which assignments need grading first. For example, you can sort by the date submitted to provide feedback to the earliest submitters first.

To access the Needs Grading page:

  1. In the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Needs Grading. The total number of items to grade appears on the Needs Grading page.

To filter and sort attempts:

  1. Use the Filter drop-down lists to narrow the list of items to grade by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. For example, in the Category drop-down list, select Assignment.
  2. Click Go, The filtered items appear on the Needs Grading page.
  3. Click any column heading or the caret to sort the assignments. For example, sort the assignments by Item Name.
  4. Click Grade All on the Action Bar to begin grading the assignment attempts.
  5. The filtered assignment attempts appear on the Grade Assignment page in the order they were sorted and filtered on the Needs Grading page.

To Access Submitted Assignments from the Grade Center

The Grade Center shows all gradable items and is not limited to tests and assignments like the Needs Grading page. Other items to grade appear with exclamation marks, such as graded Journal entries or Discussion Board posts. The number of items may influence how you organize your time for grading tasks. You may also find it beneficial to view a Student's previous grades as items are graded.

To access the Grade Center:

  1. In the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Full Grade Center or the Assignments Smart View (if one has been created and made a favorite) to access assignment attempts.

To grade a single assignment attempt:

  1. Locate the cell for a Student's assignment containing an exclamation mark.
  2. Move the mouse pointer over the cell to see the Action Link.
  3. Click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  4. Select Attempt. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade all submissions for an assignment:

  1. In the assignment's column header, click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Attempts. The Grade Assignment page appears.

When an assignment is created, a column is added automatically to the Grade Center. An assignment that has been submitted, but not graded, is indicated with an exclamation mark—the needs grading icon.

Assignments that need grading can be accessed from the Needs Grading page or from the Grade Center. Instructors have the option to grade assignments anonymously.

About the Grade Assignment Page

The Grade Assignment page is accessed from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center. Instructors can navigate among users and attempts, view rubrics, grade anonymously, and view information about an assignment.

On the Action Bar, the following actions can be performed:

  • Click Hide User Names to grade attempts anonymously, if needed. Click Show User Names to display user information.
  • Click Jump to and select another attempt to view or grade.

Expand the Assignment Information link to view the following information:

  • Instructions
  • Due Date
  • Submitted Date
  • Status: Needs Grading, In Progress, Completed

Note:  If an assignment is In Progress, the Instructor must submit the assignment so it can be graded.

To Grade Assignments from the Grade Assignment Page

The Grade Assignment page is accessed from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center.

  1. On the Grade Assignment page, view the submission text, attached files, and comments.
  2. Type a Grade for the assignment.
  3. Optionally, type comments in Feedback to User box and attach a file. Use the Text Editor functions to format the text and add files, images, links, multimedia, and Mashups.
  4. Optionally, type comments in the Instructor Notes box. This text is not seen by Students.
  5. Click Save and Exit to return to the Full Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, or the Grade Details page, depending on where grading began.

    -OR-

    Click Save and Next to display the next user, when available.

    -OR-

    Click View Previous to display the previous user, when available.

If multiple attempts for an assignment have been allowed, a Student's grade is not released until all of the attempts have been graded.

How do I grade an Assignment anonymously?

Complete Grading Assignment Instructions

You may choose to grade assignments anonymously to ensure impartial evaluation of Student work. For example, an opinion-based assignment that is graded anonymously may offer Students a higher level of comfort when expressing themselves.

In anonymous grading, all identifying information is hidden and attempts appear in random order. Each Student is assigned a number, such as Student 8.

To grade anonymously from the Needs Grading page:

  1. Click an assignment attempt’s Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Center:

  1. Click an assignment's Action Link in the column header to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Assignment page:

  1. On the Action Bar, click Hide User Names.
  2. Click OK in the pop-up window to verify the action. If grading was in progress, any unsaved changes to the open attempt are lost. The Grade Assignment page refreshes and all identifying information is hidden.

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Grade Center Column Statistics Do Not Include Override Grades

This issue is particularly problematic with Assignments, because if you enter the grade in the cell where an exclamation point (!) exist to indicate the Assignment has been submitted, the grade is considered an override. To avoid this issue, place your cursor in the cell of the first grade you wish to enter, click the arrow that will appear and select View Grade Details. On the subsequent page, under Attempts, click the Edit Grade button, then enter the grade and click Save. Now, to get to the next student you want to enter a grade for, use the Jump to User feature at the top of the page.

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Content Areas

Complete Instructions for managing your Course Menu

My course menu does not accurately reflect the way I want to organize my course content. What options do I have?

Course Content Areas are used to organize all Course content materials. A link to each Content Area creates the first level of the Course Menu tree directory. Course developers create and manage Content Areas from the Course Menu.

While the Instructor has almost complete control over the Content Areas through the Course Menu, the Administrator is able to set defaults and overrides that define the names and default availability of Course areas in each Course.

While the Instructor has almost complete control over the Content Areas through the Course Menu, Princeton creates three content ares by default when the course sites are built initially each semester: Syllabus, Course Materials, and Assignments.  By default, the Syllabus area is designated as a public area (open to guests), while Course Materials and Assignments are private areas (course members only). These areas can be removed, the names can be changed (as well as the settings), and and additional areas can be added.

Adding a Content Area

Princeton creates three content ares by default when the course sites are built initially each semester: Syllabus, Course Materials, and Assignments.  The Syllabus area is designated as a public area (open to guests), while Course Materials and Assignments are private areas (course members only). Instructors may decide to create additional Content Areas or edit existing Content Areas.

Follow the steps below to add a Content Area to the Course Menu:

  1. Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Select the Add button (+) at the top of the Course Menu.
  3. Click Content Area.
  4. Enter a Name for the Content Area.
  5. Click the Available to Users checkbox to grant access to students and other users in the Course.
  6. Click Submit.

The new Content Area appears on the Course Menu. If the Content Area contains no content, an icon of a dotted square appears. If the Content Area is unavailable to students, an icon of a square with a line through it appears.

Manage Content Areas

Once Content Areas for the Course have been created, content creation may begin. All content can be added and edited within the Content Areas. Select a Content Area on the Course Menu to open the main Content Area page. All actions related to managing content are available from this page. This includes:

  • Create Item - add any single Content Item
  • Build - add organizational elements such as folders, tools and links
  • Evaluate - add tests, surveys and assignments
  • Collaborate - add group and communication tools such as blogs, discussion boards and chat sessions
  • More - add other types of content, such as Almagest lectures, RSS feeds, and WebSpace links.

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Copy, Move, or Save Content

Start by identifying what you want to accomplish:

Do you want to copy all or most of your course content for a past semester to the course site for this semester? Yes, this.

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Do you want to copy or move individual content items from one folder or Course to another folder or Course? Yes, this.

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Do you want to save your course content (or maybe the entire course site) outside Blackboard? Yes, this.


Can I copy individual items from one folder to another or from one course to another?
 

Any Content Item, including Course Links, External Links, Folders, Learning Units, Off line Content and Tools can be copied from one folder or Course to another folder or Course. Copying content does not delete the content from the original location unless Delete Item After Copy is selected. Content that is deleted after a copy is moved to the new location and does not exist in the original location any longer.   

Copy Content
Instructors, Instructional Staff, and Builders can copy Content Items from one of their Courses to another of their Courses, and from one Folder to another Folder in the same Course.
Follow the steps below to copy Course content:
  1. Open the Content Area containing the piece of content to copy or move.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click the chevron (in red box in image below) to open the contextual menu for the specific content item. Select Copy (yellow box in image below). (If Copy does not appear, this option in not available). 
  4. The Copy or Move Item page appears. Select the Destination Course from the drop-down menu. The default setting is the current Course. Only courses where the Instructor has a role permitting copying content will appear in the list.
  5. Select the Destination Folder. Use Browse to locate the desired folder.
  6. Select No for Delete Item After Copy.
Move Content
Instructors, Instructional Staff, and Builders can move Content Items from one of their Courses to another of their Courses, and from one Folder to another Folder in the same Course.
Follow the steps below to move Course content: 
  1. Open the Content Area containing the piece of content to copy or move.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click the arrow (in red box in image above) to open the contextual menu for the specific content item. Select Copy (yellow box in image above). (If Copy does not appear, this option in not available). The Copy or Move Item page appears.
  4. Select the Destination Course from the drop-down menu. The default setting is the current Course. Only courses where the Instructor has a role permitting moving content will appear in the list.
  5. Select the Destination Folder. Use Browse to locate the desired folder.
  6. Select Yes for Delete Item After Copy.

Course Files

Using Course Files Quick Start Image

Video Tour of Course Files

What are Course Files?

In previous versions of Blackboard Learn, when an Instructor attached a file to a Course content item, that file would be placed in a “hidden” file system on the Blackboard server where it was invisible to the Instructor. Blackboard Learn now provides a Course Files area (accessed through the Files link under Control Panel) that allows Instructors or any user with an appropriate Course-authoring role to view and manage all files related to their Course content.

The new Course Files feature provides basic content management features and functions within a Course as a core part of the course delivery capabilities of Blackboard Learn. Course Files give Instructors the ability to more effectively use (and reuse) content stored in Course Files when building a Course without any significant impact on their customary workflows and practices. New capabilities for bulk uploading, managing, and using content in a Course are available when using the Course Files feature.

How does Course Files change how I attach files to content items?

The current process for attaching files to Course content remains basically the same, but with a few important additions that Instructors should note:

  • When attaching a file, an Instructor can select a file from the local computer or the Course Files area of their Course.
  • Instead of attached files being stored in a “hidden” file system, files attached from the local computer are uploaded automatically into the Course Files area.  This allows Instructors to see, manage, and re-use the files in other parts of their Course. An Instructor can now upload a file once and use it in multiple areas of the Course.
  • Multiple files can be added at one time to the Course Files area of a course for linking to content items.
  • When attaching files to content items, Instructors can select multiple files from multiple folders in the Course Files area.
  • A revised version of a file can be upload to the Course Files and override the previous version.
  • Because a file may be re-used in a Course, the new 360⁰ View lets the Instructor see all of the places that any given file has been used as well as the full path in the Course to that content item.
  • The organization of files in Course Files has no impact on how they appear when linked to from a Course.
  • A link to a file can be included in one or more areas in a Course.
  • When a link to a file in Course Files is deleted from a Course, the file is not deleted.
  • When a file in Course Files is renamed or moved, any links to the file will remain intact.
  • Files uploaded by Students are not automatically added to Course Files.

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How do I upload files and folders directly to Course Files?

In addition to adding files by attaching them directly to Course content items, Instructors can upload files directly to Course Files.

Instructors can upload a single file from the local computer, or they can upload multiple files or entire folders from the local computer the Open in Web Folder. Instructors can also upload a zipped package of files to be unpackaged automatically into Course Files.

To upload files to Course Files:

  1. Under Control Panel click Files, then click on the course ID.
  2. Click the Upload button, then Upload Files.
  3. Use either the Browse button to locate the folders and files, or just drag-and-drop them into the upload area. (Uploading multiple files and folders requires the Java plugin, version 1.5 or later. If the plugin is not available, use the Single File option found in the top right to add files one at a time.)
  4. After adding files to the list, click Submit to upload the files. (If an upload fails, click Cancel to remove all uploaded files and return to the parent folder.)

To upload a zipped package of files to Course Files:

  1. Under Control Panel click Files, then click on the course ID.
  2. Click the Upload button, then Upload Package.
  3. Use either the Browse button to locate the package, or just drag-and-drop it into the upload area. (Uploading multiple files and folders requires the Java plugin, version 1.5 or later. If the plugin is not available, use the Single File option found in the top right to add files one at a time.)
  4. After adding files to the list, click Submit to upload and unpackage to file. (If an upload fails, click Cancel to remove all uploaded files and return to the parent folder.)

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How do I create HTML pages in the Course Files?

In Blackboard Learn, an HTML Object is an HTML file created in Blackboard Learn that has some additional, Blackboard-specific properties associated with it. In versions prior to Bb9.1, these HTML Objects were created only in the WYSIWYG editors of content items.

In bb9.1 and later, Instructors can create HTML Objects in two ways:
• The Create HTML Object action in Course Files will bring up a WYSIWYG editor that allows the Instructor to create an HTML file.
• The Save as HTML Object option in the WYSIWYG editor of content items or folders will allow the content that is created in the WYSIWYG editor to be saved to Course Files as an HTML file for re-use.

HTML files, whether uploaded or created as HTML Objects, are presented more effectively in Release 9.1. If an HTML file is linked to from within a Course or from the Table of Contents for a Learning Module, when a user clicks on the HTML file it will be displayed inline inside of the Blackboard Learn interface, instead of opened separately.

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How do I view images in my Course Files as thumbnails?

In Course Files users can switch between View List, which lists the files in a directory, and View Thumbnails, which shows a resizable thumbnail of image files. All non-image files will display the appropriate icon for the file type.

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How do I create a shared space where students can deposit their assignments and view those submitted by their classmates?

In the past, we suggested the WebSpace Dropbox as an option for a space for sharing student work, but that had the disadvantages of taking users to an application outside of Blackboard that was only open to those with PU NetIDs and where this instructor's personal file space had to be used.  Creating a shared dropbox in Course Files overcomes those disadvantages, and is simple to set up.

To set up a shared dropbox:

  1. In the Control Panel, click Files then click on the course ID.
  2. Click the Create Folder button.
  3. Give the folder a name, such as Shared Bropbox and click Submit.
  4. Click the chevron next to Shared Dropbox and select Permissions.
  5. Click the Add Course User List button and check the All Course Uses box under Roles, and the Read and Write boxes under Set Permissions, then Submit.
  6. With Edit Mode ON, click on the content area (such as Assignments) of the Course Menu where you want the students to post their files.
  7. Click Item under the Build Content button.
  8. Give file a Name and add any instructions.
  9. Using the Browse Course button (not Browse My Computer), select and Submit Shared DropBox (or whatever you named the folder in Step 3. 
  10. Submit.

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Digital Media

How to get media files into course sites:

  • Links to Electronic Reserves (audio, text, films)
  • Kaltura Media Management (video, audio, images)
  • Almagest Lectures
  • Embedded in course pages

How can I link to Almagest Projects, audio files, videos, and/or digital readings, so that my students can access the materials from my Blackboard course site?

Digital readings, video and audio : If your course is participating in the Library's Online Reserve Request Service (ORRS) , we will automatically place links to your electronic reserves in your course site. Because of copyright restrictions, access to E-Reserves must be limited to students enrolled in the course, therefore we will make this part of the course web site unavailable to guests. If you are placing other copyright-protected materials in your course site, we urge you to place them in an area that is not available to guests.

NOTE: E-Reserves cannot be copied from one Blackboard course to another. Please contact the Reserves Department (reserve@princeton.edu) to make course reserve requests.

Almagest Projects: ETC's Almagest database is a media manager for storing and organizing a wide variety of digital media, such as images, video segments, animations, sound, and text files. Material is entered, edited, and displayed online using a web browser. It can be used to deliver slide and media presentations in any classroom equipped with an internet connection and a digital projector. Almagest materials are also available for study and review by students. Contact 609.258.6903 (almagest@princeton.edu ) for more information on setting up an Almagest project. To integrate your Almagest project with your Blackboard site, see instructions below.

Digital Media added through the above means to Blackboard are just links to specific servers and are not actually stored on the Blackboard servers. If you have problems, you should contact:

Audio Reserves: Mendel Music Library 609.258.8982 (dpg@princeton.edu)

E-Reserves: Electronic Course Reserve Service 609.258.3224 (ereserve@princeton.edu)

Images and Slides: Almagest 609.258.6903 (almagest@princeton.edu)

Videos: Humanities Resource Center 609.258.2114 (lrcweb@princeton.edu)

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How can I link to Almagest Projects to my Blackboard course site?

From your course site, with Edit Mode on, select any content area (such as "Course Materials"). Click the the Tools button, and select Add Almagest Lecture. (If you want files to be accessible from a particular folder within that content area, first click on the name of that folder.)

The Add Almagest Lecture page that is called up will show you the lectures associated with your course. Either click on a specific lecture from the dropdown box, or turn on the radio button next to All Lectures if you prefer to place just one link for Almagest in your course site.

Type description and/or instructions for the students in the text box, select visibility dates, and Submit.

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Embed Audio Files, Images, and Web-based Media

How do I add audio files directly to my Blackboard site?

    1. Open a Content Area by click on it in the course menu.
    2. Edit Mode is ON
    3. Click Build Content, then select Audio from the Create column. (If you want to add the image to an existing folder, first click on the folder name to open it.)
    4. Click Browse My Computer next to Find File. Select the file. (If you have preloaded your files to the Course Files area, select Browse Course.)
    5. Type a Name for the file. This is used as the link name for the file and is shown to users. Ensure the title conveys the meaning of the content as no description or instructions can be added to the File content type.
    6. Choose a Color of Name (optional).
    7. For the Include Transcript option, Browse to select a file containing a transcript for people who cannot hear the audio, if one is available.
    8. Select AutoStart to begin playing the file as soon as the link is clicked or allow the user to start the file using the controls.
    9. Select to Loop the file so it keeps playing over and over or play the file once. The Controls can appear full-size or the controls can appear smaller, like a thumbnail, by selecting Mini.
    10. Click Yes or No to Permit Users to View the Content Item.Click Yes or No to Track Number of Views. Select the Date and Time Restrictions
    11. Click Preview to test your file, then Submit.

How do I add image files directly to my Blackboard site?

There are two main methods if you want to add just a few images or media files. For multiple images, use either Almagest or PowerPoint slides.

 The two options for adding image files directly to your content page:

a) Simple Uploading of the Image File

    1. Open a Content Area by clicking on it in the course menu.
    2. Edit Mode is ON
    3. Click Build Content, then select Image from the Create column. (If you want to add the image to an existing folder, first click on the folder name to open it.)
    4. Click Browse My Computer next to Find File. Select the file. (If you have preloaded your files to the Course Files area, select Browse Course.)
    5. Type a Name for the file. This is used as the link name for the file and is shown to users. Ensure the title conveys the meaning of the content as no description or instructions can be added to the File content type.
    6. Choose a Color of Name (optional).
    7. Enter Alt Text. This is what people using screen readers will hear as a description of the image.
    8. Enter a Long Description, if desired.
    9. For Dimensions, if you select Custom, enter a height and width in pixels. If changing the size of the image, check the file properties for the original size, and then use a size to display the image that maintains the height-to-width ratio of the original size.
    10. The image Border will be black and can be from 1 pixel to 4 pixels wide. Use the Preview button at the bottom of the page to view result.
    11. Adding an Image Target URL will take the user to a Web site when the image is clicked.
    12. Using the original image size and selecting Open Target in New Window will solve most problems with images not displaying correctly.
    13. Click Yes or No to Permit Users to View the Content Item.Click Yes or No to Track Number of Views. Select the Date and Time Restrictions.
    14. Click Preview to test the results, then Submit.

b) Embedding Image in a Text Box

    1. Open a Content Area by clicking on it in the course menu.
    2. Edit Mode is ON
    3. Click Build Content, then select Item from the Create column. (If you want to add the image to an existing folder, first click on the folder name to open it.)(If you want to add the image to an existing folder, first click on the folder name to open it.)
    4. At the top right corner of the text box, make sure Visual Editor is ON, then click the Attach Image icon.
    5. In the new window that will open, browser for your image or specify a source URL, select your image options (the Alt Text  box allows you to enter a description for the visually impaired and others using screen readers; Adding an Image Target URL will take the user to a Web site when the image is clicked.), click Submit.
    6. Enter any text you wish in the text box.
    7. Click Yes or No to Permit Users to View the Content Item.Click Yes or No to Track Number of Views. Select the Date and Time Restrictions
    8. Click Submit.

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Google Integration  New Spring 2014

Overview

Getting Started

Quick Hit Video

Sharing Google Documents

Sharing Google Sites

Google Integration: Student Use

 

Overview

What is Google Integration?

Google Integration is a feature that allows instructors to integrate Google Docs and Google Sites created in Google Apps at Princeton into their Blackboard courses.

The integration of Google Apps at Princeton with Blackboard enables instructors to collaborate with Princeton students via the students' "@princeton.edu" accounts. Instructors create Documents and Sites within the Google Drive environment. Once created and linked within a Blackboard course site, this Google Drive content is shared automatically with all Princeton students enrolled in the course. The share settings for Documents and Sites by default assign the “collaborator” role for all students, allowing the students to edit and add to the linked Documents and Sites, though instructors can, if they wish, limit student privileges to only viewing the content.

Why would I add links to Google content in Blackboard?

You can add links to embed  Documents and Sites in your Blackboard course site. The links enable you to organize your course site to your specifications and to integrate Google content with your other class materials.

What types of content can instructors share with their class using Google Integration?

Google Integration enables instructors and students to work collaboratively by sharing in the authoring of documents of various sorts, for example:

  • Word processing documents can be edited by several people at the same time and do not have to be sent around as attachments. Instructors can have students collaborate on documents in small groups, while keeping track of each students’ contributions. 
  • Spreadsheets can be used to assemble information from several students simultaneously, giving them quick information-sharing and flexibility when they are working out in the field.   
  • A large and complex document development project can be easily segmented within a Google site, allowing allocation of the work among smaller groups of students to produce a coherent whole.
  • Forms for collecting response data over the web can be created, allowing students to easily aggregate large amounts of data for study or analysis.
  • A Google site available to all students in a class can provide a simple and effective blogging tool, allowing each student to offer his/her own voice in response to learning content.

How is content shared with my students?

Sharing Google content with a class enables your students to view the shared content in Blackboard and to be able to view or edit this content from their  Google Apps at Princeton accounts.

Bb Google Integration automatically shares documents, forms and sites with all Princeton students in your course. All you need to do is add a link to the content. If you don't want to share this content with every member of the class, you can manage the sharing permissions on each content object within the Docs and Sites services.

By default, documents are assigned with full editing permissions that permit real-time collaboration. Sites are also assigned with full editing permissions. All permission settings can be changed or revoked by you, as needed.

Am I able to share the same content with more than one class?

Yes. Google Documents and Sites can be shared with any number of classes. As long as the content remains in your Google Docs or Sites list, you can share the same documents or sites with any of your classes.

Can I use this for sharing Google Forms with my students?

No, Google Forms are not part of the Blackboard Google Integration at this point.

What happens to my Bb Google Integration account and the class content when my class ends?

Your account remains active and all of your linked content remains on Blackboard. You may want to revoke sharing permissions in your Google services on specific documents or sites.

Getting Started

How do instructors and staff get started using Bb Google Integration?

  1. First off, you should familiarize yourself with Princeton's Acceptable Use Policy and Usage Guidelines.
  2. Next, if you do not already have one, you will need to request a Google Drive at Princeton account.
  3. After your request has been processed you will receive an email instructing you to change your Princeton password.  Changing your password will cause your new password to be synchronized with your new Google account.
    • Once you have access to your Google account, you can go into your Google account settings and change your password.  If you change your password in Google, it is NOT synchronized back to Princeton.  Be sure to remember your two separate passwords!
    • Keep in mind that while you can change your Google password such that it no longer matches your Princeton password, if at any point in the future you change your Princeton password, it will be resynchronized with your Google account at that time.
  4. It is strongly recommended that you set up 2-Step verification to provide an additional layer of security.   Information on how to enable and use this security feature is at: http://helpdesk.princeton.edu/kb/display.plx?ID=1178

Google Docs

How do I add a link to a Google Document to my Blackboard course?

Before getting started, please read Google Integration: Students to understand how it all works from their perspective.

  1. In your Blackboard course site, select a content area such as Course Materials or Assignments.
  2. Mouse over Tool and select Google Apps Document.
  3. Enter the required information:
    • Document Name  - Select a document name from the drop down list. This list represents your current @princeton.edu documents. If you have not yet added documents to your Google Drive, click on Google Apps - Docs in the Tools area of your Blackboard course page and upload the documents you want to use in your courses.
    • Document Name in Course - The name that appears will be visible on the link in your CMS course site. This name may be edited or renamed.
    • Link Text  - Click here to access is the default text that will appear near the link. This text can be edited.
    • Available in Blackboard Select Yes (expose to students - this is the default setting) or No (do not expose to students).
    • Allow the class to edit  - Select Yes or No.
  4. Click Submit. The document is automatically shared with your class.

Note: If you copy the course content into a site for a subsequent semester, the links will have to be created anew, as they are course-site specific.

What types of documents can I store in Google Drive in my account?

You have the ability to upload, store, and organize any type of file in Google Drive. Examples include: PDF, CAD, HTML, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, RAW photos, ZIP, or RAR archives. You can also create and manage Forms and related spreadsheets.

How do I access Google Documents to upload and manage my files or to change sharing permissions?

Click on Google Apps - Docs in the Tools area of your Blackboard course page.

Can I restore a document or site back to an earlier version?

Yes. All Google Docs and Google Sites are versioned, so that every change in a document is treated as a revision. You are able to view the revision history for a document or site and can roll back updates to restore an earlier version. NOTE: Depending upon the sharing permissions you set, students may have versioning access.

Google Sites

How do I add a link to a Google Site to my Blackboard course?

Before getting started, please read Google Integration: Student to understand how it all works from their perspective.

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Select the course where you want to post the link.
  3. Choose a content area within your course, such as Course Materials or Assignments.
  4. Mouse over Tool and select Google Apps Site.
  5. Enter the required information:
    • Site Name  - Select a site from the drop down list. This list represents your current @princeton.edu sites. If you have not yet created a site, click on Google Apps - Sites in the Tools area of your Blackboard course page and create one.
    • Document Name in Course - The name that appears will be visible on the link in your CMS course site. This name may be edited or renamed.
    • Link Text  - Click here to access is the default text that will appear near the link. This text can be edited.
    • Available in Blackboard Select Yes (expose to students - this is the default setting) or No (do not expose to students).
    • Allow the class to edit  - Select Yes or No.
  6. Click Submit. The document is automatically shared with your class.

Note: If you copy the course content into a site for a subsequent semester, the links will have to be created anew, as they are course-site specific.

How do I get to my Google Sites to create and update a site or to change sharing permissions?

Click on Google Apps - Sites in the Tools area of your Blackboard course page.

What are Site Templates?

Google provides a gallery of Site Templates which can be selected and used as a starting point for a new site. Examples are the Classroom template and the Project wiki template. After you start with the template, you can add and revise information to customize your site. Templates also enable you to promote a common look and feel for sites within your school.

Google Integration: Students

How is Bb Google Integration content shared students?

Google content shared with a class enables students to view the content in Blackboard, and to be able to view or edit this content from their  Google Apps at Princeton accounts.

Bb Google Integration automatically shares documents, forms and sites with all Princeton students in the course. All the instructor needs to do is add a link to the content. If instructors don't want to share this content with every Princeton student in the class, they can manage the sharing permissions on each content object within the Docs and Sites services.

By default, documents are assigned with full editing permissions that permit real-time collaboration. Sites are also assigned with full editing permissions. All permission settings can be changed or revoked by the instructor, as needed.

Do students receive email notifications when docs and sites have been shared via Bb Google Integration?

Yes, adding a link to a Google Doc or Site in Blackboard will generate an e-mail to everyone in the class via the course listserv address. 

Do instructors need to supply each student's @princeton.edu address when sharing content directly from Google Docs or Google Sites?

No. Once the instructor shares a Doc or Site with the course, a Group, with the e-mail address for the course, is automatically generated using the Bb course ID. This Group e-mail address will be the same as the course listserv address.

Can Community Auditors and students with special Blackboard-only IDs (ID's that begin with "au_" or "bb_" and are not officials Princeton NetIDs) access documents and sites shared through Bb Google Integration?

Only if the instructor adds the e-mail addresses of these students to the Group that is automatically generated based on the Bb course ID when the instructor first shares a Doc or Site with the course.

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Kaltura Media 

What is Kaultura Media?

Media Central, as OIT’s new web-based Kaltura Media Management System is known, provides a central repository for storing, managing, and delivering video and audio content. It stores all your media in one location, allowing you to manage content quickly and efficiently. Media Central also allows you to customize metadata to organize, tag, and search files, and convert media into various file formats for use on multiple platforms including websites, iPads, YouTube, Facebook and Blackboard.

What can I do with Kaltura Media in Blackboard?

With the Kaltura Media Blackboard integration tools, which work with OIT’s new web-based Kaltura Media Management System, Media Central, instructors can easily add video content to course pages, maintain a personal content repository, and interact with their students using media. Instructors can also use the faculty repository to share their media campus-wide, as well as search and use media posted by other faculty members. Students can also create a personal media gallery, use educational video resources, and submit videos in their assignments. Using the clipping tool, users can create video clips from existing video content, if permitted by the content owner. Videos can be an integral part of assignments, forum posts, announcements, tests, exams, and more.

How do I add Kaltura Media to Blackboard?

Instructors can add Media as an Interactive Tool directly to a content area, such as Course Materials.

Instructors and students can add Media via the Mashup Tool to any resource they have access to that uses the text editor, such as Announcements, Assignments (creating and submitting), Tests (creating and taking) Content Items, Discussion Boards (creating and posting), Blogs, Journals, Glossary, and Tasks.

Instructors and students (with instructor approval) can add media to the Course Gallery, found under Tools (for students) or Course Tools (for instructors).

Webcam and Screen Recording

Instructors and students record video directly to Kaltura, either through webcam or screen recording, to the Course Gallery, which is found under Tools (for students) or Course Tools (for instructors). Please keep in mind that you will need a microphone to successfully add narration to your webcam or screen recording. You will also need the latest version of Java installed on your computer. You can verify your version of Java here. If you are on a mac using Chrome, the screen recorder will not work  https://www.java.com/en/download/faq/chrome.xml.  It works fine in Firefox, though.

Instructions for webcam recording:

  1. Click on a content area (such as Course Materials) from the course menu.
  2. Mouse over Tools, then click Kaltura Media.
  3. In Section 1 (Content Information), add a title for your video which will be displayed in the content area
  4. In Section 2 (Add Media), click the Add Media button
  5. A new upload window will open with three tabs (Upload, My Content, and Webcam). Select  Webcam. -An Adobe Flash Player Settings box will appear. Click Allow.
  6. Select your webcam from the drop-down list, click the Record to start recording and Stop when you are finished.
  7. Click the Next button, give the video a name and supply other details as desired.
  8. The upload window will close and you will be brought back to the Add Media Content page in Blackboard. A thumbnail of your video will now appear in the text editor box.
  9. In section 4, click Submit.

Instructions for screen recording:

  1.   Click on a content area (such as Course Materials) from the course menu.
  2.  Mouse over Build Content and click the Kaltura Media link under Mashups.
  3.  This will take you to your media library. Mouse over the Add Media button and click Record your screen.
  4.  If this is your first time running Kaltura for screen recording then at this point you may be asked to allow a Java Applet to run. The permission request will either appear in a new window or in a bar below the field where your URL address is located.  You will need to click Allow
  5. The website will now say Starting Applet and the Kaltura Screen Recorder will start.
  6. The dashed box is the recording area. Click and hold the boxes around the frame to surround the area you would like to capture. dashed area for screen capture
  7. Select the microphone from the microphone selector and camera from the camera selector.
  8. You are now ready to begin recording. Click the red record button to start recording. You will see a count down before recording begins.
  9. Click Done to end the recording.
  10. Give your recording a descriptive title and click the Upload button. The amount of time it takes for the video to upload will depend on how long you recorded. When it is finished uploading it will say Upload Complete. Click Close.
  11. You will automatically be taken to a new page to add your recording to the content area. Enter a title and a description and click Submit.

Instructors can share media with other instructors, and add shared media to their courses through the Faculty Repository.

Instructors and students can create a clips from videos (depends on the following factors: Building Block configuration, video ownership, enrollment to courses and the video owner allowing it), using  the “Create Clip” button, which opens the Clipping Tool.

My Media, Course Gallery and Faculty Repository have a similar Search interface that is comprised of a combination of filtering, searching and sorting. In addition, frequent search queries can be saved for future use.

Download Complete Kaltura Media in Blackboard User Instructions.

How can students share videos in the course?

Students can share videos via the Mashup Tool  (either by uploading to through Kaltura or imbedding YouTube content) to any Blackboard resource they have access to that uses the text editor.    Videos posted to the Discussion Boards and  Blogs this way are shared with other students participating in said Discussion Boards and  Blogs.  Videos posted to Assignments, essay questions in Tests, and Journals are only viewable to instructors. 

Student can also share videos with the entire course site by adding them to Kaltura Course Media  (AKA Course Gallery). Such videos remain in invisible until the instructor goes into Kaltura Course Media and approves them.

To use Kaltura video/audio in a Discussion Board:
 

  1. Create a Forum – make sure ‘Allow Members to Create New Threads’ is checked.
  2. Click on the name of the forum.
  3. Click the Create Thread button.
  4. In the Message box, find the Mashups menu and choose Kaltura Media. This opens the Search for a Kaltura Media page in a new window or tab.
  5. Hover over the Add Media button.
  6. For Video with Audio:
    • Select Upload media or record from webcam
    • Click on the Webcam button
    • Select your webcam from the drop-down menu, and click Allow when the Adobe Flash box pops up to ask if you want to allow Flash to access your webcam.
    • Click Record to begin your recording and Stop when finished.  If you are satisfied with your recording click Next, otherwise, click Record again.
    • Enter a Title and a Description for the video and click Next.
    • Accept the defaults on the next page by simply clicking Submit.
    • Click Submit on the Create Thread page to post your video.
  7. For Audio only:
    • Select  Record from screen.
    •  If this is your first time running Kaltura for screen recording then at this point you may be asked to allow a Java Applet to run. The permission request will either appear in a new window or in a bar below the field where your URL address is located.  You will need to click Allow.
    • The website will now say Starting Applet and the Kaltura Screen Recorder will start.
    • The dashed box is the recording area. Click and hold the boxes around the frame to surround the area you would like to capture. Select a small, empty area of your screen – this will be visible to the people who listen to your recording.
    • Click Record and wait for the countdown to start talking. Click the Pause button (||) when finished, then click Done.
    • Give the recording a Title and Description and click the Upload button.
    • Find the recording you just uploaded in the list of your recordings and click Select.
    • Accept the defaults on the next page by simply clicking Submit.
    • Click Submit on the Create Thread page to post your recording.

The same basic process apply for using Kaltura in Journals and Blogs.
 

How is the instructor notified there are student videos pending approval in Kaltura Course Media?

Unfortunately, Kaltura has not built notification functionality into the tool yet, so the instructor either needs to check Kaltura Course Media if videos are expected as part of an assignment, or depend on the students to send email advising a video has been uploaded.

What mobile devices can I view Kaltura videos on?

You can view Kaltura videos on any devices that support Flash or HTML5 video, such as iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, and Windows Phones.

Why do I get a black (or white) screen when I try to upload or view a video via Kaltura?

The Kaltura upload process is Adobe Flash based, and some combinations of operating system-browser-Flash version are not compatible.  If this problem occurs, you can try a different browser and/or update your Adobe Flash at http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer

If you are using Google Chrome, you can use do this:  Select the shield icon located at the end of the URL bar,

then select Load Unsafe Script.

Unfortunately, Google Chrome does not have a way of enabling this setting permanently. The shield icon must be selected every time a video does not load, or you are prevented from uploading to Kaltura.

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Learning Modules

Complete Learning Modules Instructions

Quick Hit Video

Learning Modules are used to package and present content and allow instructors to organize related course materials in a Table of Contents. All types of content, such as items, Assignments, and Tests can be included in a Learning Module.

Learning Modules are edited like any other item in a Content Area. Content within a Learning Module is added and managed just like content in a folder or Content Area. The Learning Module is a shell to which other types of content, such as files, are added. 

Instructors can add folders and subfolders to a Learning Module to impose a hierarchical structure over the content. This hierarchy is an outline view that appears in the Table of Contents. 

Depending on how an instructor sets up a Learning Module, students can view content in one of two ways:

  • Sequentially: material is viewed in a specific order.
  • Non-sequentially: material is viewed in any order.

If sequential viewing is enforced, Students view the Learning Module in the order listed. Students cannot advance to a page within the unit without having viewed the previous page. If sequential viewing is not enforced, items in the Learning Module can be viewed in any order. Sequential viewing is set in the options for the Learning Module and can be changed at any time.

To create a learning module:

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and access a content area or folder.
  2. On the action bar, point to Build Content and click Learning Module.
  3. On the Create Learning Module page, type a name and an optional  description . The description appears below the learning module name in the course area.
  4. Select the options.
  5. Click Submit. A link to the new learning module appears in the course area.

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Lesson Plans

Complete Lesson Plan Instructions

Quick Hit Video 

A Lesson Plan is a container for content similar to a Learning Module or folder that can hold and organize content items. Instructors can create Lesson Plans within their Courses to hold lesson profiles, instructional objectives, and the content items Students will need to complete a lesson. Default Lesson Plan sections include the Instructional Level, Instructor, Objectives, and Subject Area of the lesson. Additional sections can be added to the Lesson Plan and arranged to appear in any order.

Adding Lesson Plans to a Course can benefit Students in several ways. Instructors have the option of adding information for Students to view alongside of the content to help them understand the objectives and intended result of their learning. Students can be provided with information on how their knowledge will be measured, the needed materials, the duration of the instruction, and what they should have learned after the instruction. The more information Students have at the start of the lesson, the more prepared they will be for the content ahead.

Lessons Plans can be made available to Students or can be used solely as a planning tool for Instructors.

Any type of content item can be added to the Curriculum Resources tab.

Add content to the Lesson Plan using the functions on the Action Bar: Build Content, Create Assessment, or Add Interactive Tool and fill in the necessary information and options.

The Curriculum Resources appear under the Content Information section when the Lesson Plan is accessed in a Course area, such as a Content Area.

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lynda.com

cameraQuick Hit Video

lynda.com online training software courses can easily be browsed and incorporated into Blackboard course sites. The lynda.com training library contains over 1,000 titles featuring a wide variety of software packages, such as Adobe and Microsoft Office products, video- and audio-editing software, web development applications, scripting, and 3D design packages.

The URL for Princeton’s web portal to lynda.com is: http://lynda.princeton.edu

Anyone with a valid Princeton netid has access to this portal.

To find lynda.com courses to point your students to in your Blackboard course site, go to any content area (such as Course Materials or Assignments), hover over the Build Content button and select lynda.com Course from the Mashups sub-menu.

A page will open with suggested lynda.com courses, as well as a browse menu. You can see a description of the course, click on the course to open it in a new tab and explore it, and click on the Add button to make it available to your students.  On the subsequent page, you will be able cancel or save your selection.  If you save, a link with a description to the course will now be posted to your site.  Anyone in your course with a valid Princeton netid will then be able to pass directly to the lynda.com course without additional login.

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Mashups 

Mashups allow Instructors to add content to a Course that is from an external Web site. This content is used in a variety of ways within a Course: a standalone piece of Course Content, part of a test question, a topic on a Discussion Board, or as part of an assignment. The content displayed in a course will still reside on the external Web site.

Mashups are added as a Content Item in a folder or added through the Text Editor. Adding a Mashup as a Content Item makes it a part of the information that you present to users for them to view. Adding a Mashup using the Text Editor means that you can put Mashups in places where users can interact with the content, such as in Test Questions, Discussion Boards, and Blogs.

Mashups are displayed in the following ways:

  • Embed: The Mashup displays directly on the page when a student opens the item.
  • Thumbnail View with Player: A small picture of the Mashup displays on the page with controls to launch it.
  • Text Link with Player: A link to the Mashup is displayed on the page. Students click the link to launch the Mashup.

Example

To encourage discussion about "Hamlet", the Instructor can create a Mashup that includes a video of a scene from a production of the play and a link to a newspaper review of that production.

Default Mashup Types

These are the default Mashups that are included with Blackboard Learn. Other sources are added as Building Blocks. Blackboard Learn supports adding content from the following sources:

  • Flickr: a site for viewing and sharing photographic images.
  • YouTube: a site for viewing and sharing online videos.
  • Wimba Voice Authoring: Allows instructors an students to add their voice -- literally..
  • Kaltura Media: repurpose Kaltura Media in other Tools and Content Areas. (Click for Instructions)

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How do I create a Mashup?

There are two ways to create Mashups.

  • If it is Flickr Photo, Slideshare Presentation, YouTube Video, you can create it as an item in a content area.
  • You can create it using the Text Editor, which  means that you can put Mashups in places where users can interact with the content, such as in Test Questions, Assignments, Discussion Boards, and Blogs.

Creating a Mashup Item within a content area (Course Materials, for example):

  1. Navigate to the Course area where a Mashup will be added, such as a Content Area, Learning Module, Lesson Plan, or folder.
  2. Select Flickr Photo, Slideshare Presentation, or YouTube Video, from the Build Content drop down list.
  3. Search for content.
  4. Click Preview to examine the items.
  5. Click Select for the appropriate item.
  6. Change the Name of the item. This is a required field.
  7. Type a Description of the Mashup.
  8. Set the Mashup Options.
  9. Attach additional content items to the Mashup using one of the following options:
    • To upload a file from a local drive, click Browse My Computer.
    • To upload a file from the Course's storage repository click Browse Course.
  10. Click Yes or No for Permit Users to View this Content.
  11. Click Yes or No for Track Number of Views.
  12. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes in order to enable the date and time selections. Use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times.
  13. Click Preview to examine the Mashup.
  14. Click Submit.

Result

When finished, the Mashup appears in thearea where it was created. If necessary, use the Mashup's contextual menu to set Adaptive Release rules, add metadata, or track the number of views.

If the Mashup does not appear or displays an error after initially appearing, it is possible that the URL has changed or the item was deleted from Flickr, Slideshare, or YouTube.

Creating a Mashup Item using the Text Editor:

Creating a Mashup using the Text Editor means that you can put Mashups in places where users can interact with the content, such as in Test Questions, Discussion Boards, and Blogs.

  1. Navigate to the Course Files area of your Course.
  2. Select a Content Item such as Discussion Topic from the Build drop down list.
  3. Type a Name for the Content Item.
  4. Click Add Mashup on the bottom row of Text Editor buttons.
  5. Select Flickr Photo, YouTube Video or Kaltura Media.
  6. Search for content.
  7. Click Preview to examine the items.
  8. Click Select for the appropriate item.
  9. Change the Name of the item. This is a required field.
  10. Type a Description of the Mashup.
  11. Set the Mashup Options.
  12. Click Submit.
  13. Select from the following Options: Lock File, Share Comments, Enable Versioning, and Enable Tracking.
  14. Click Submit.

Result

When finished, the Mashup appears in the folder or Content Area where it was created. If necessary, use the action link for the Mashup item to set Adaptive Release rules, add metadata, or track the number of views.

If the Mashup does not appear or displays an error after initially appearing, it is possible that the URL has changed or the item was deleted from Flickr, Slideshare, or YouTube.

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MathJax

How can I incorporate MathJax into my Blackboard site?

A video demonstrating the process can be found at:

http://www.mathjax.org/demos/use-in-web-platforms/#Blackboard

Summarizing the main steps:

  • Create a content element of choice, such as a learning module or an assignment, within the Blackboard environment. We have tested that MathJax works with individual items, learning modules, assignment, lesson plans, syllabi (including lessons), tests and blogs.
  • Disable the default Blackboard visual text editor by flicking the switch in the upper-right corner to “off”, and select “HTML” input mode (rather than “Smart Text” or “Plain Text”) from the list of input options right underneath the editor’s input text field.
  • Copy the MathJax code snippet pointing to the MathJax CDN from “Getting Started with MathJax” in the MathJax documentation, and paste it into the Blackboard editor.
  • Include your mathematics in standard LaTeX notation, using the \(\) delimiters for inline expressions and \[\] for paragraph equations. (These delimiters can be customized).
  • Give a name to your content element, and click Submit.
  • Switch off Edit Mode.

You should now see MathJax come into action and render your LaTeX expressions as beautifully typeset mathematics.

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Review Status

How can I tell which students have viewed which materials in my Blackboard site?

The Review Status function allows the Instructor to track user review of specific content items. Once the Instructor enables the tool for an item,  instructors and students can individually track progress through a Content Area. A Mark Reviewed button appears on the item when the user opens the Content Area. After reviewing the item, the student selects this button to mark it Reviewed. The Instructor may check the status of student reviews on the User Progress page.

Enable Review Status for an item
When Review Status is enabled for an item a Mark Reviewed button appears next to the item when the Content Area is opened by the user. The user must select this button to mark the item Reviewed.

Follow the steps below to enable Review Status for an item in a course:

  1. Open a Content Area.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click the Contextual Menu for the content item.
  4. Click Set Review Status.
  5. Click Enable.
  6. Click Submit.

Follow the steps below to disable Review Status for an Item in a course:

  1. Open a Content Area.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click the Contextual Menu for the content item.
  4. Click Set Review Status.
  5. Click Disable.
  6. Click Submit.

View the status of user reviews
Once Review Status is enabled for an item, the Instructor may check the status of Student reviews from the User Progress page or the Performance Dashboard. These pages both indicate whether or not a Student has marked an item as ' Reviewed ' . The User Progress page allows the Instructor to see the Review Status of the item for all users in the course.

Follow the steps below to open the User Progress page:

  1. Open a Content Area.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click the contextual menu for the content item.
  4. Click User Progress.

The Performance Dashboard allows the Instructor to see the Review Status of all currently available items for a single user in the course.

Follow the steps below to view the status of the item on the Performance Dashboard:

  1. Select Performance Dashboard under Evaluation on the Control Panel. The Performance Dashboard appears.
  2. Select the number under the Review Status column next to the user in question. The
    Review Status page for this user appears. The Instructor may check the Review Status for
    each item that has Review Status Enabled, either through an Adaptive Release Rule or the
    Review Status option. OR Click the Adaptive Release icon to open the Map. The Map
    displays the Review Status for all items in the Course for that user.

(NOTE: If the user changes the status of an individual item from Reviewed to Mark Reviewed , all record of the previous status is erased. The Instructor will not be alerted to the change other than by seeing the new status in the User Progress page or in the Performance Dashboard.)

Review Status during course copy, archive and export
Review Status settings and status information are not saved during a copy of course materials into a new course or during a copy of course materials into an existing course. The same is true for export and import operations.

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Surveys and Tests

The three essential parts of using Blackboard Tests and surveys are:

Creating a Test or Survey

Deploying a Test or Survey

Retrieving Test or Survey Results

Timed Exams

Disabling Google Translate

What are Blackboard Tests and Surveys?

Instructors use Tests and Surveys to assess knowledge, measure progress, and gather information from Students.

Tests are created to check the knowledge and skill level of users enrolled in the Course. The Instructor can assign point values to each question on exams or quizzes. When a Student completes a Test it is automatically graded and the results are recorded in the Grade Center. Questions that require manual grading are marked in the Grade Center and can be graded later.

Surveys are useful for polling, evaluations, and random checks of knowledge. They function in the same way as Tests and offer most of the same options. Survey questions are not assigned a point value and are not graded.

Keep in mind, the distinction between Surveys and Tests is that Surveys are anonymous.  A common mistake is creating Surveys to find out who is available when for something, who is interested in participating in something. One should either use the Discussion Board or create a Test for such things.

Before you begin, create a Survey or Test by going to the Tools area of the Control Panel. and clicking  Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

How do I deploying a Test or Survey?

PART I: Add a Test or Survey to a Content Area

  1. Open a Content Area.
  2. Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click Create Assessment.
  4. Select Test or Survey.
  5. Select the test or survey from the Add Test or Add Survey box.
  6. Click Submit.

PART II: Make the Test or Survey Available

  1. On the Options Page that appears after you click Submit (step 6, above), click Yes next  to Make the Link Available. If this option is set to No, it will not appear to Students. Instructors may make the link available, then use the Display After and Display Until fields to limit the amount of time the link appears.
  2. If desired, Click Yes to Add a New Announcement for this Test (or Survey). The Announcement will include the date and state "an Assessment has been made available in [Course area that includes the link to the Assessment]". This Announcement will appear in the Course Announcements.
  3. Click the Multiple Attempts check box to allow multiple attempts.
  4. Select Allow Unlimited Attempts for Students to take the assessment as many times as they wish OR select Number of Attempts and enter a number to indicate a specific number of attempts that is allowed.
  5. Click the Force Completion check box to force users to complete the Test or Survey once it has been launched.Students may not exit the assessment and continue working on it at a later date. The Save button is available for Students to save the assessment as they work through it, but they may not exit and re-enter the Assessment.
  6. Click the Set Timer check box to set a time limit for completing the Test or Survey and select the Hours and Minutes for the time limit from the drop-down lists.
  7. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to define the availability of the Test or Survey. Click both the Display After and Display Until check boxes in order to enable the date and time selections.

PART III: Control the Presentation of a Test or Survey

The remaining options control the presentation and feedback for an assessment.

  1. Click the Include this Test in Grade Center Score Calculations check box.  If the test is not included, the score will not affect any Grade Center calculations. This Test is also excluded from weighting.
  2. Click Hide Results for this Test Completely from Instructor and the Grade Center. If selected, this Test behaves as a Survey. The display in the Grade Center will read Complete / Incomplete and N/A or zero appears on the Grade Details page. The Instructor will not be able to see any student grades, view answers, aggregate results, or download result details. To protect student privacy, this choice cannot be reversed later without deleting all attempts.
  3. Determine the kind of Feedback that is displayed upon completion:
    • Score - presents the final score to Students.
    • Submitted Answers - presents the Student’s answers.
    • Correct Answers - presents the correct answers to the questions.
    • Feedback - presents the question feedback to the Student.
  4. Select a Presentation Mode:

    All at Once - Present the entire assessment on one screen. Students scroll through all the questions and can move up and down from question to question. If this is selected, Prohibit Backtracking cannot be selected.

    OR

    One at a Time - Displays one question at a time. The screen includes navigation tools to move between questions. The Submit button will only appear on the last page of the assessment. Prohibit Backtracking and Randomize Questions may be selected.

  5. Click the Prohibit Backtracking check box to prevents Users from going back to questions they have already answered. If backtracking is prohibited, questions will be presented one at a time and the buttons <<, <, or >> do not appear to Users during the Test or Survey.
  6. Click the Randomize Questions check box to display questions in a random order each time the Test or Survey is taken.
  7. Click Submit.

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How do I retrieve Test or Survey results?

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Full Grade Center.
  3. On the Grade Center: Full Grade Center page, navigate to the Test or Survey’s column.
  4. Click the Test or Survey column's Action LinkThe Action Link is represented by two downward pointing arrows. Click it to access the contextual menu containing options for many components in Blackboard Learn, such as content items, Course Menu links, or Grade Center columns. The options in the contextual menu vary depending on the component. to access the contextual menu.
  5. Select Attempts Statistics. The results display on the Statistics page.

Note: Because Surveys are anonymous, the results are delivered only as statistics, and it is not possible to view individual answers. If an open-ended essay question was included in the Survey, all responses will be listed.

How can I give a timed test through Blackboard?

There are two ways to administer timed tests through Blackboard.  One way is native to the product and uses the Assessment feature to create a Blackboard test. It is good for tests of a duration of fewer than three hours. The draw-back is that while the answers to questions in Blackboard tests can be input directly into the test interface or uploaded as MS Word files, to access the responses, the instructor has to open each individual test, as oppose to downloading them all to a zip file.

The other way to administer timed tests through Blackboard is a work-around (revised in November 2013 to close a flaw) we have devised, which allows the students responses to be downloaded all at once to a zip file, while still keeping track of time. We recommend you print out this PDF of instructions(revised 11/13) to have at your side while executing them, as it is important to not miss a step along the way.

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The native method is to create the test through the assessment feature by going to the Tools area of the Control Panel. and clicking  Tests, Surveys, and Pools, then use the timer option when you deploy the test.

If the assessment is timed, the students will see a message when they begin the quiz:

This survey has a ( ) hour ( ) minute time limit.The elapsed time appears at the top right of the window. A 1 minute warning will be displayed.

If a student exceeds the time limit, Blackboard accepts the submission (unless you use a special script that is available to force submission), but notes the overage on the receipt that is displayed to the student:

Time Elapsed: 1 hour, 5 minutes and 30 seconds out of 1 hour allowed.

An exclamation mark is produced in the Grade Center for that assessment item. When you view the student's assessment results, you will see the same message regarding the time that the student saw. The assessment must be graded manually.

How can I disable the automated Google Translate in the Chrome browser during test?

When Google Chrome, the most popular Web browser for Princeton students related to non-English languages, detects a language on a page other than English, it opens a pop-up offering to translate the page, and places an translate icon in the address bar. Additionally, right-clicking on the page opens a menu that included an offer to translate to English.

There is a javascript that can be inserted into a Blackboard test's instructions to block the pop-up and the icon, and disable right-clicking while taking the test. It also disables the coping and printing functionality of all browsers.

DO NOT use the Internet Explorer (IE) browser to do insert the javascript.  Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are recommended.

Start by creating a new Test. Give it a Name and Description. (You can also edit an existing test to insert this javascript into the instructions.)

In the "Instructions" section, click the "HTML" button in the third row of the tool bar. Paste the following in the text box:

<script language="javascript" src="/webapps/pu-test-timer-bb_bb60/no-copy.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Click Update.

Type your instructions in the text editor and click Submit.

Finish creating the test.

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Twitter Feed

How can I add a Twitter Feed to my Blackboard site?

You have probably seen Twitter feeds published to major news websites. If you use Blackboard, it is easy to publish your tweets (or the results of a particular Twitter search) to your blackboard course. 

This PDF contains step-by-step instructions -- just make sure you are logged into Twitter on your computer before you begin.


Video Everywhere (Record from Webcam) 

Quick Hit Video

How can I quickly add a video to any  part of my course site?

Use Video Everywhere (Record from Webcam).  This feature provides the ability for faculty and students to:

  • Record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions (discussion boards, blogs), and grading feedback.
  • Reuse previously recorded videos by choosing from one’s own “library” of videos.

You can record video from the content editor and upload it directly to YouTube™. You must have a Google® account that is registered on YouTube. A YouTube channel is required to process and save your webcam videos.

Note: Video everywhere is not available when the content editor only allows limited text formatting, such as when sending email or creating groups. 

See brief YouTube video about Video Everywhere.

How does Video Everywhere work?

  1. Click Record from Webcam. Instructors and your institution can disable this tool.

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  2. When prompted, click Sign in to YouTube.

  3. Sign in to YouTube using your Google account. Click Grant Access to allow your Blackboard server to upload video on your behalf.

    If your Google account is not enabled for YouTube access, you will receive a prompt to open a new browser tab and log in to YouTube. After you log in to YouTube, create your YouTube channel to upload and store your videos. Navigate back to the Webcam Recorder window and click Sign in to YouTube. Click Grant Access.

  4. Click Record from webcam.
  5. When you are prompted by Adobe Flash to enable the player settings, accept or agree.
  6. Agree to allow the recorder to upload videos to YouTube.
  7. Click Start Recording. When you are finished, click Stop Recording.
  8. Click Upload to save your video on YouTube.
  9. Click Insert to add the video to the content editor. You can choose between:
    • Play in place: Plays the video in the current location. Users can resize the video size to match the content. A placeholder appears in the content editor where your video will play for viewers.

    • Thumbnail: A small image of the video is displayed. Users click on the thumbnail to view the video in a new window.

  10. Your video appears in your content item. It takes a few minutes to encode the video, so it may not play immediately. You might even receive a "This video is unavailable" message. Wait a few minutes and try again.

How do I make my video Accessible?

After you upload your video to YouTube, you can add closed captions and descriptive captions. Captions and transcripts help people who are deaf or who experience hearing impairments understand the audio track of your video. Captions also help people who speak different languages or have learning disabilities understand what is happening in your video. 

After you upload your video, it will take between an hour and a day for YouTube's transcription tool to automatically save captions from the soundtrack of your video. On the YouTube tool bar, the Captions link appears when the captions are available. After the transcription is completed, you need to edit the captions to be sure they are correct.

  1. On the YouTube tool bar, click Captions.
  2. For English, click automatic captions in the right side panel.

  3. The inline text editor opens. You can edit directly in each frame's text box. You can also download the text file, edit it on your computer using a text editor, and upload it back to YouTube.
  4. Click Done.

    The most current and detailed instructions for adding transcripts, translations, and captions to videos posted on YouTube are available by clicking the help link in YouTube and searching for "captions."

 

Privacy

By default, all videos are recorded under the Unlisted privacy setting. An unlisted video does not appear under YouTube searches, and only users who know the link can access it. This does not guarantee complete privacy. The unlisted setting allows authors to publish and share videos easily without a need for specifically choosing who can view the video. If users have access to where the video is published, they can view it. They can also click a YouTube logo on the video which allows them to view the unlisted video on the youTube.com site.

You can change the privacy setting to Private. From the video library, edit the video to make it private in the YouTube clip edit settings. If you make a video private, only the users you specifically include, and who have a Google account can view it. Private videos appear in the library with a lock next to them. Private videos cannot be viewed by anyone other than the author and specified viewers.

To Learn More

To learn more about making your videos accessible, see Best Practice: Captioning Video Content.

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Zip Files

I have a lot of files in a .zip archive. Is there a way to upload them into Blackboard and view them as individual items in my Blackboard site?

Start by uploading your zipped package of files to Course Files:

  1. Under Control Panel click Files, then click on the course ID.
  2. Click the Upload button, then Upload Package.
  3. Use either the Browse button to locate the package, or just drag-and-drop it into the upload area. (Uploading multiple files and folders requires the Java plugin, version 1.5 or later. If the plugin is not available, use the Single File option found in the top right to add files one at a time.)
  4. After adding files to the list, click Submit to upload and unpackage to file. (If an upload fails, click Cancel to remove all uploaded files and return to the parent folder.)
  5. Now go to the content item (Course Materials, for example) and use the Build Content > Create Item or Create File path. When you select the file to attach, use the Browse Course button to locate the unzipped files you uploaded to your Course Files area. You can select multiple files.

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